GCN Insider | Cover your Windows in a storm

TRENDS & TECHNOLOGIES that affect the way government does IT

As hurricane season revs up again, be prepared for an onslaught of business continuity solution pitches. One worth a closer look, especially if your agency is largely Windows-based, is Winternals Recovery Manager 3.0, from Austin, Texas-based Winternals Software LP.

The latest version of the Windows recovery system is pretty powerful. It has support for so-called bare-metal recovery, where systems, particularly hard drives, can be rebuilt without reinstalling an operating system. And it can now create extra file stores for geographically distributed networks.

'By expanding the scope of recovery options, Recovery Manager 3.0 helps maintain a high level of availability and maximize protection of mission-critical data,' said Edwin Brasch, the company's CEO.

The software works with Windows servers, workstations, notebooks and now tablet PCs. Version 3.0 can recover encrypted files, which should become more important as agencies learn (the hard way) that they should be encrypting data at rest to protect it against theft. And it has a more robust rollback functionality that can give admins far greater control of system recovery. Restoring systems to one of many saved recovery points can happen all the way down at the file level so that, for instance, you can roll back only the bad files and leave important data and other configuration settings intact. You can also create recovery points of open files, such as databases, which is a handy, if unglamorous feature. There's nothing like trying to create a recovery point only to find out the file is already corrupted.

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